This article originally appeared in The Daily Dot
By Audra Schroeder
Outside of Banger’s, a Rainey Street pub in Austin, Texas, a teen marimba group tears through a rendition of “Hey Jude.” The audience provides the swaying chorus, and girls dance around, kicking up beige gusts of sand. Others sit in semicircles, wordless, absorbing the sight of three young women plucking ecstatic sounds from their instruments.
A young girl who looks to be no more than five or six stands next to her mom, entranced. “That was the Beatles,” the mother says when the song ends. “I know,” she responds.
Amy Poehler is both the name and face of Smart Girls at the Party, a video series that focuses on encouraging young women (and men) to be and express themselves. She gives advice, interviews notable women and girls, and serves as a conduit for the community.
Meredith Walker is the other arm of this operation, the Austin-based face behind the scenes making sure the party keeps going. In her new book, “Yes Please,” Poehler recalls meeting Walker: “She was tall and from Texas and had already met Sting and Tupac.”
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